My life in college: Halloween

Moral Mildred/Sun Star Columnist
November 6, 2012

Welcome to the obligatory post on Halloween! I can’t let such a wonderful topic pass me by, so this week’s article is going to focus on one of my favorite holidays, and why I love it so. So without further ado: The Top Three Reason’s Why I Love Halloween.

1. I didn’t get to celebrate it as a child. You may all sigh in sympathy. My parents believed that Halloween was the Devil’s holiday and it was not to be celebrated in any way.  Did anyone see the man at the end of the Tanana Loop road last week? He was holding a sign that said “Halloween is Satan worship. America is under judgement.” While I appreciate his expression of freedom of speech, my parent’s would have gotten out of their car and hugged him. They truly hated Halloween. That meant no costumes, no candy, no Monster Mash. The very first time I went trick-or-treating was when I was twelve. My Aunt was visiting, and when she realized our parents had no intention of taking us around the sub-division, she cut ghost costumes out of sheets and announced that “These children need to live!” My first attempt at trick-or-treating was a bit of a bust, though. My costume was literally a sheet, with two jagged, uneven holes for eyes, and some kid on rollerblades stole my pillow case full of candy. I suppose a lot of my love for Halloween stems from a deprived childhood. Now, I’m old enough to rebel against my parents and beat up anyone that steals my candy.

2. I get to make my self look like a different self. I think girls in general are really good at disguises. A lot of us stand in front of a mirror everyday so we can all make our face look like a new face. Halloween though, is a way to take this to an extreme. Everyone is allowed to go absolutely insane and wear things they would never have enough courage to wear any other day of the year.  It’s a wonderful way to express yourself. I personally enjoy making my costumes, because it not only guarantees that I will be an original, but it also lets me stab myself with sewing needles over and over. Sometimes I’m not really sure what people are trying to express with their costume, but the entertainment factor is always high. Granted, you may or may not end up making someone’s eye’s bleed. That’s okay though, because it’s Halloween.

Lastly, Halloween allows you to be selfish. All the other holidays of the year are about giving to others, or being thankful for what you have. Halloween is like a second birthday; it is all about you. It allows you to be who you want to be, do what you want to do, and eat as much candy as you please. You don’t have to worry about buying gifts for others, which is rewarding in its own way, nor do you have to feel guilty for wanting a new iPhone when you are supposed to be giving thanks for what you already have. Halloween is simple and that makes it a good time.

Personally, I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween. If you all didn’t gain five pounds or give yourself a cavity, you did something wrong.

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